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Maureen Ryan

What 'Parks And Recreation' Taught My Son About Feminism

HuffingtonPost.com | Maureen Ryan | Posted 02.24.2015 | Entertainment

As the final season of "Parks and Recreation" played out, my gratitude for it has only grown. Not just because the comedy, which airs its series final...

Maureen Ryan

'Peaky Blinders' Should Be Your Next Netflix Binge

HuffingtonPost.com | Maureen Ryan | Posted 02.20.2015 | Entertainment

"Peaky Blinders" is yet another show about a morally compromised, heterosexual white man who grapples with the results of his bold and even violent be...

Maureen Ryan

Why Amazon's Latest Move Is Promising For People Who Like Sci-Fi

HuffingtonPost.com | Maureen Ryan | Posted 02.18.2015 | Entertainment

Amazon Studios dropped some good news into the middle of the week: "The Man in the High Castle" and "Mad Dogs" were among the pilots that were picked ...

Maureen Ryan

Prepare For 'Vikings' To Invade Your Life

HuffingtonPost.com | Maureen Ryan | Posted 02.17.2015 | Entertainment

The third season of "Vikings" begins Thursday, and it's only fair to warn you about the effects the show may have on your life. I was a slow conve...

Meet The Mystery Man Behind The 'SNL' Cue Cards

TODAY.com | Posted 02.16.2015 | Comedy

NBC’s Joelle Garguilo reports on “Cue Card Wally,” the man who has been in about every "Saturday Night Live" sketch for the past quarter of a ce...

Constance Wu: I Don't Need To Represent Every Asian Mom Ever

TIME | Posted 02.11.2015 | TV

ABC’s new sitcom Fresh Off the Boat — the first Asian-American family sitcom in 20 years — is a loose adaptation of the memoir by restaurateur E...

Katla McGlynn

4 Big Takeaways From 'The Walking Dead' Midseason 5 Premiere

HuffingtonPost.com | Katla McGlynn | Posted 02.09.2015 | Entertainment

Spoiler alert! The following recap contains spoilers. After a heartbreaking midseason finale where we lost Beth and any remaining shelter for our s...

Maureen Ryan

'Fortitude' Builds A Fine Crime Story Set In The Frosty Arctic

HuffingtonPost.com | Maureen Ryan | Posted 01.29.2015 | Entertainment

It's easy to give you an idea of what "Fortitude" is like and whether you might like it, because it's not hard to find good shows that are pretty simi...

Maureen Ryan

8 Reasons (Among Many) To Love 'The Americans'

HuffingtonPost.com | Maureen Ryan | Posted 01.28.2015 | Entertainment

The second season of "The Americans" ended up on many 2014 Top 10 lists (including mine), and there's no reason to believe Season 3 won't be a contend...

Maureen Ryan

'Better Call Saul' Is Not In 'Breaking Bad' Territory (But What Is)?

HuffingtonPost.com | Maureen Ryan | Posted 01.26.2015 | Entertainment

It will come as no surprise that "Better Call Saul" is well made. The previous entry on the resumes of creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould is "Bre...

Maureen Ryan

Two Very Different Cop Stories: 'Justified' And 'Backstrom'

HuffingtonPost.com | Maureen Ryan | Posted 01.20.2015 | Entertainment

"Justified" begins its final season Tuesday and "Backstrom" is a newcomer that debuts Thursday, but outside of that big age difference, the premises o...

Maureen Ryan

You've Been Warned: April TV Is Totally Bonkers

HuffingtonPost.com | Maureen Ryan | Posted 01.20.2015 | Entertainment

Fall used to be the busiest time of year for television, and it still is, and January is often very crowded with new and returning shows as well. ...

Maureen Ryan

The Problem With The Pretty Good New '12 Monkeys' Series

HuffingtonPost.com | Maureen Ryan | Posted 01.16.2015 | Entertainment

"12 Monkeys" and "Helix" have a lot of things in common, aside from airing the same night on Syfy. Both feature dangerous viral outbreaks and char...

Maureen Ryan

'Parks And Recreation,' 'The Wire' And The Politics Of Pawnee

HuffingtonPost.com | Maureen Ryan | Posted 01.13.2015 | Entertainment

You might recall the 2008 presidential election as being particularly vitriolic and divisive. But what you may not know is that it's one of the main r...

Maureen Ryan

'Togetherness' Is A Fine Addition To HBO's Narcissism Sundays

HuffingtonPost.com | Maureen Ryan | Posted 01.09.2015 | Entertainment

It's odd to think that a whole new genre of television has blossomed in the last few years -- an exciting new category that didn't exist several years...

Maureen Ryan

Everything You Need To Know About 'Banshee' Before Its Return

HuffingtonPost.com | Maureen Ryan | Posted 01.08.2015 | Entertainment

"Banshee," which returns for its third season on Cinemax Friday, is one of TV's most reliable pleasures. The drama tells the story of Lucas Hood, ...

Maureen Ryan

So Far, There's Only One Reason To Watch 'Empire'

HuffingtonPost.com | Maureen Ryan | Posted 01.07.2015 | Entertainment

"Empire" is being marketed as a bold, original show from high-profile artists, but it feels strangely tentative in its first episode. And if I may...

Maureen Ryan

The First New Show Of 2015 Is Really Good

HuffingtonPost.com | Maureen Ryan | Posted 01.06.2015 | Entertainment

That sound you heard as 2015 arrived was a long exhale of relief. It feels good to give the one of the first new shows of the year, "Marvel's Agen...

It's Still Christmas On This Week's Cheap Celeb Finds List

The Huffington Post | Michelle Persad | Posted 12.31.2014 | Style

The holidays may be over, but that doesn't mean it's time to stop shopping. In fact, many items you've been coveting are probably on sale now. And...

About That 'Homeland' Finale ...

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 12.23.2014 | Entertainment

Sunday's hotly anticipated TV lineup brought us three finales, with one in particular shocking the Twittersphere: "Homeland." HuffPost Live's Ricky Ca...

Viva Estados Unidos

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 02.18.2015 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

The impact of Obama's decision is going to be felt far beyond Miami and Havana. America's standing in Latin America just received a zeppelin-sized dose of helium.

Maureen Ryan

These Are The #BestTVLines2014

HuffingtonPost.com | Maureen Ryan | Posted 12.19.2014 | Entertainment

During the past 12 months, we were lucky enough to see a lot of amazing television, and we couldn't let the year end without engaging in an annual tra...

Maureen Ryan

Why That Shocker On 'The 100' Went Down That Way

HuffingtonPost.com | Maureen Ryan | Posted 12.17.2014 | Entertainment

By this point, I think my assessment of "The 100" is pretty clear. I've written a number of pieces about the show, in its first and second season, pra...

Kim Bellware

After 22 Years, 'The Real World' Seems Pretty Confident It Can Get Back On The Radar

HuffingtonPost.com | Kim Bellware | Posted 12.16.2014 | TV

At a point in television history where “reality” TV feels anything but authentic, can the program that started it find its way back to reality relevancy?

Did You Watch 'You Can't Do That on Television?' Here's Why You Should Have

Shira Hirschman Weiss | Posted 02.15.2015 | Entertainment
Shira Hirschman Weiss

Once upon a time, long before the advent of the Internet, and well before we all carried cell phones, a group of unknown kids boarded a bus from school to a small Ottawa TV taping facility.